The PreACT exam was first released in the 2016-2017 school year and is a shorter practice version of the ACT that simulates the ACT test and is administered by some high schools to students in the 10th grade. It provides an opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with the ACT test structure without the added pressure of having to submit scores to colleges.
While the test mainly serves as a warm-up to the ACT, scores reflect how students handle ACT test material and pinpoint where they need to focus in order to improve on future tests. Like the PSAT, the PreACT has no bearing on college admissions and the score is never submitted as part of an application process. Finally, because the PreACT is a relatively new exam that hasn’t gained significant popularity, most high schools in the New York region will not administer it. If your high school doesn’t offer the PreACT there is not a way to take it privately. As demand for the PreACT increases New York area high schools are likely to gradually move toward offering it to their students.
The PreACT follows the same format as the ACT, with the same question types and scoring scale. The significant difference is that there are fewer questions and no writing test. The PreACT is just over two hours long, making it considerably shorter than the full ACT.
An overview of the full ACT can be found at our ACT page.
The difference between the PSAT and PreACT are approximately the same as the differences between the SAT and ACT content.
Unlike the PSAT/NMSQT, at this time the PreACT doesn’t qualify students for scholarships. As the PreACT becomes more popular we anticipate it will eventually be paired with scholarship opportunities.
If your child is taking the PreACT please contact Next Level Learning to obtain the best PreACT tutoring in New York.